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  May 2016
 
  April 2016
 
 
 
 
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
President, VAT Tribunal, Ahmedabad      

"It appears that the article of Hemant Kumar, Advocate on ' Can our Prostitution be legalized' has been based on an observation of the Hon'ble Supreme Court. In view of the same, I do not intend to make any comment at present.

Today I happen to be the President of Value Added Tax Tribunal at Ahmedabad.

However, I may inform you that when I was Judge of the Gujarat High Court from September 1999 to September 2007, I had occasion to decide a matter in the matter of Pramod Bhagwan Nayak which is reported in 2007 (1) Gujarat Law Reporter, 796. The aforesaid matter arose out of detention of a person who was carrying on activity relating to prostitutes wherein I have observed that "It is no doubt true that prostitution is a very old profession which is carried on since ages and though the Government and other agencies are trying to make effort to eradicate the same, they have not been fully successful." With a view to eradicate such profession, I have considered various authorities and have suggested as under:

"Another method to eradicate prostitution or at least further preventit is to educate girls and women up to 12 th standard or up to the age of 18 years and the Government may make the same free or reasonably so cheap so that all girls can take education irrespective of their financial position. If the girls are educated, further opportunity can be given by the State Government to earn their own livelihood. It is well known that no woman or girl joins the profession at her own sweet will or volition. They have to do it under severe compulsion as there is no other alternative to them. If education and employment opportunity is provided to them, girls will not automatically fall into the trap of this profession."

Over and above, I personally feel that if the above suggestions can be implemented and ultimately if these women at the age of 20 to 25 become mother of children, the children in their turn can also be imparted education and that will go a long way. In that view of the matter, such children will not fall into the trap of this profession."

 

 
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